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Faculty Led - Paleoanthropological Field School at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer (Faculty-Led)
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Areas of study: Anthropology
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ATY in Tanzania

Paleoanthropological Field School at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania 
Program Dates:
 June 30 – July 31, 2018
Location: Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Program Cost: $4,900
$1,000 **Nonrefundable** Deposit Deadline: January 13, 2018
$1,950 Payment Deadline: February 16, 2018
$1,950 Payment or Proof of Sufficient Financial Aid Deadline: March 16, 2018
Program cost includes: cost of instruction by UNCG faculty, research permits, all meals, all lodging, all in-country transport, and excursion fees.
Program cost does NOT include: airfare (approx. $1,800) and spending money.

Program Overview
This program will provide young scholars with an exceptional study abroad experience at one of the world’s premier paleoanthropological sites: Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. The site was made famous by the excavations of Mary and Louis Leakey and is home to dozens of the most well-preserved early archaeological sites in the world. Students will have the unique opportunity to support, and participate in, an international project that is tracking the bio-behavioral evolution of our remote ancestors between 2 and 1 million years ago. While students receive training in basic paleoanthropological field and laboratory techniques they will also experience the rich cultures and diverse wildlife of one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. The specific responsibilities of students will depend on the field season’s research foci but, regardless of year, each student will gain experience in all aspects of field and lab research. Students will also attend weekly lectures describing the region’s prehistory, culture, and ecology. Four excursions are also planned: two paleoanthropological sites (Engaresero and Lake Ndutu), a visit to the local Masaai market, and a safari day within the Ngorongoro Crater. 

Course Overview
Students will receive six credits, three from ATY 478 (Field Methods in Archaeology) and three from ATY 479 (Analysis of Archaeological Data) through UNCG. UNCG and non-UNCG students with an overall GPA of 3.0 and at least one course in anthropology or archaeology are welcome to apply. Students should be in good health and sufficient physical condition to hike daily for 30 minutes with a day pack.

Students with leftover financial aid eligibility from fall and spring may be eligible to apply for summer aid to supplement their program. Students should still be prepared to make the deposit, middle program payment, and flight arrangements out-of-pocket, with financial aid to serve as a potential reimbursement. The third and final program payment can be deferred if there is a sufficient award on the way to cover it. Please contact your financial aid advisor with questions on your individual aid award.

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Activities Overview
Students will arrive at Kiliminjaro International Airport, just outside of Arusha, and will be met at the airport by program staff and transported into Arusha for the first night. Students will then be transported to Olduvai Gorge, a trip of approximately 5-6 hours. Once at the gorge, students will stay on-site in tents at the Aguirre-Mturi Field Research Station, which has fresh water for cleaning and consumption, solar lights, and generators. The research station also has its own cooking and dining facility, and food is prepared over an open fire. Students will work six days per week, from 8am to 4pm, with the first half of the day dedicated to field work/excavation and the second half to find curation and analysis. 

View overlooking Olduvai Gorge

Program Director
Dr. Charles Egeland is an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and Paleoanthropology at UNCG. His research interests include: Human Evolution; Paleolithic Archaeology; Zooarchaeology; Vertebrate Taphonomy; Paleoenvironmental Studies; and Hunter-Gatherer Ecology. He has led the field school since 2014.

For more information, contact Dr. Charles Egeland (

UNCG reserves the right to cancel or modify the program’s content, or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control.

In general, the $1,000.00 program deposit is not refundable unless the student's application is rejected. If the student withdraws from a study abroad program after applying to the program but prior to the start date of the program, the student will be refunded the program cost, excluding the deposit and any portion of the program cost which is unrecoverable. Even if the student has not yet paid the full program balance, he or she is obligated to pay the Department for any unrecoverable expenses incurred on the student's behalf. If a student withdraws from a study abroad program after the program officially begins, no money will be refunded. If a program is canceled, the Department will refund any recoverable cost. Because full refunds are often not possible, students may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.